The comprehensive conservation plan sets the management and use of Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge for 15 years. Located within the Missouri Coteau in northwestern North Dakota, the refuge hosts migrating geese, ducks, swans, sandhill cranes, and songbirds. Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge is one of the top 500 globally important bird areas designated by the National Audubon Society to recognize the Service's ongoing efforts to conserve wild birds and their habitats at the refuge.
The purposes of Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge are (1) to serve as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, and (2) to manage wilderness with equal consideration in management decisions.
A variety of wildland habitats are present at the refuge, ranging from prairie creeks and rivers to rolling hills covered with native short-grass and mixed-grass prairie plants. The rolling topography is interspersed with 5,381 acres of prairie wetlands of all types and sizes. The refuge provides breeding habitat for the Great Plains population of the threatened piping plover, as well as habitat for many grassland-dependent birds with declining populations, such as Baird's sparrow.
The following are major actions in the comprehensive conservation plan: